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How do I convert Quicktime files?

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by rbeau, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. rbeau

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    Hi, this is my first time to the boards by recommendation of Geek Squad since he didn't know the answer to my question off-hand. I also called the manufacturer of my digital camera (Panasonic) and they couldn't help me either!! So I am hoping I can get some help here.

    Anyway, I got a Panasonic DMC-TZ1 digital camera for Christmas this year. I took 4 clips of video with it (two that are about 30-seconds long and two that are about 4 minutes long). I want to upload it to photobucket or youtube so I can share the video BUT the 4 minute videos are too big of files to be accepted onto the free versions.

    So, I have DVD-burning software and video-editing software on my computer BUT they will not open my video files because the files will play ONLY in Quicktime. I do not have Quicktime Pro and don't think it is necessary to buy it for the limited amount of work with video that I do.

    I downloaded Windows Media Encoder to try to change the file type (it is currently a .MOV file) to something else that I can work with and edit my video. But it says it is an invalid source and it won't do anything.

    So long question short: How can I convert my video files into something that I can use in Windows Media Player or other types of Window's programs?
     
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    Okay, now, are you sure that it will work because like I said in my original post, I downloaded Window's Media Encoder and that said it would accept .MOV files but yet when I tried to do it, it would not.

    But i'll give it a try...
     
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    Yup, just as I thought. I downloaded the suggested converter and it doesn't work. It says I have a corrupted file or something and need to check with Quicktime.

    What do I do?!?!?! I just want my video!
     
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    If your source file is ok,you may need a codec for mov file.Without right codec,the converter can't work for you.
     
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    Okay, downloading the codec linked allowed me to use Win AVI Video Converter and actually convert the files to WMP (or whatever file opens in windows media player.) BUT I only have the free version of it and I a NOT paying $30 bucks to buy a program when I do very very little work with video. So there's the stupid "buy the entire version for only $29.99" stuck in the middle of the video ... are there any free converters out there? I do also have windows media decoder (not sure if that is the same thing or not) but that program won't even open my video files.
     

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